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Caryn Flanagan joins Womentum's board of directors after having served as the organization's Executive Director from 2014-2018. Under Caryn's leadership, Womentum established a variety of Alumnae programming, expanded the annual Women in Leadership Summit, and penned the Womentum Toolkit. She also served as a mentor in the 2014 cohort. Prior to her involvement with Womentum, Caryn was actively involved in local arts nonprofits, as Artistic Director of Off Square Theatre Company and as director of the Jackson Hole Cultural Council. Although she has (for now) retired from active leadership in the arts community, she does make the occasional cameo appearance in Andrew Munz's beloved I CAN SKI FOREVER series. Caryn is an avid skier and standup paddleboarder, and applies her outdoor leadership skills an instructor in both disciplines. She is the proud mom of two smart, independent young women.
Elisabeth made Jackson her home in 2010 and does her best to avoid flying over her mountain bike’s handlebars or losing a ski in deep powder. Prior to Jackson she lived in San Francisco and was part of an international nonprofit that eradicates illiteracy in the developing world. Elisabeth now serves as the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce's membership director, having worked conservation nonprofits previously - Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Rendezvous Park (R Park). She graduated from Womentoring in 2014 and some of the women in her class are now her closest friends.
Raised on the coast of Maine, Megan has enjoyed the outdoors whether it was the mountains, ocean or rivers and lakes since childhood. She first lived in Jackson for a short stint soon after graduating from Middlebury College with a BA in Environmental Science Education. Nearly a decade later, she found herself drawn back to Jackson after receiving her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. Megan’s experiences living in many beautiful places as well as interests in the natural world, workings of ecological systems and group dynamics (human and wildlife) have continually drawn her back to Jackson. She is interested in helping Womentum grow to the next phase of its development by creating resources for both current mentor and mentee pairs to prosper but also by expanding resources and networking opportunities for the alumnus community. Megan loves to bike, ski, hike and enjoy all that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has to offer.
Melissa Cassutt is the deputy editor at the Jackson Hole News&Guide and president of the Wyoming Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to serving on the News&Guide's editorial leadership team, she also oversees the paper's features and special sections, including Jackson Hole Woman. In 2019, she was awarded a Wyoming Women of Influence Award in Media and Communications. Prior to coming to Jackson in 2015, she worked as a journalist at newspapers in Florida and Colorado, and as an editor at Western Horseman Magazine. When this self-ascribed journalism nerd isn't thinking about Sunshine Laws or jotting down story ideas, she's usually hanging out with her dog, Bentley, and cat, DaVinci. She took a brief detour from journalism in 2010 to study animal shelter management and work as a veterinary technician at a small animal clinic. She holds a Professional Science Master's in Animal Shelter Management from Colorado State University, so if you ever want to learn how to burrito wrap a cat in a towel, she's your girl. She is an alumni of the 2018 Womentum cohort and still regularly receives hilarious and inspirational texts from her mentor.
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This inspiring valley helped Stephanie raise her two boys, gave her beautiful friends and family and offered her so many great opportunities to be involved in the community.
A passionate advocate for the arts and community, Stephanie has served on the boards of Teton Youth and Family Services, The Art Association, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Stephanie participated in the pilot mentoring project in 2001 and was paired with Womentum Founder, Jen Simon. That experience initiated a lifetime friendship that began with making art, sharing stories and supporting each other.
Stephanie's favorite moments are spent with friends and family playing games, playing tennis, fishing, hiking and floating rivers and finding the humor in life. Creating art and finding adventure feeds her spirit.
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"Gus" was born in Boston, MA and graduated with a B.A. in both American Studies and Hispanic Studies from Trinity College in 2007. She moved to Jackson “for a season” to taste the ski bum lifestyle and never left. She prides herself as a Jacqueline of many trades and, like many Jacksonites, has five or six jobs at any given time to back it up. She is primarily an outdoor educator, from ski instruction in the winter to guiding and trip leading in the summer. She also works as a direct support professional for Community Entry Services and the Wyoming Department of Developmental Disabilities. Her passions lie in her volunteer humanitarian efforts, from leading service trips around the world for Teton Habitat to raising funds through the Soroptimist of Jackson Hole Bras For a Cause to responding to natural disasters with Team Rubicon. She serves on the Board of Directors for Teton Habitat, where she also chairs the Global Village Committee. She is the Wyoming Membership Lead as well as the Jackson Membership Coordinator for Team Rubicon, an international disaster response organization. In her free time, you will find her skiing, biking, rafting, mountaineering, globetrotting, motorcycling, crafternooning, scuba diving or playing with her dog and husband. In spring 2020, Augusta initiated the Teton County Caremongering Facebook Group to instigate community support and volunteer opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was Womentum mentee in the 2018 Womentum cohort and is honored to join the Board of Directors to support women in Teton County and beyond.
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Leslye McLaughlin Hardie was a CPA/CFO in the oil and gas and commercial real estate businesses. She moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Jackson over 30 years ago and has worked in a bit of everything from waiting tables to computerizing The Wort Hotel. A late in life marriage and the birth of two boys eventually stopped work outside of the house but not the desire to help the community. After returning from 7 years in Scotland in 2012 she has worked with the Jackson Food Cupboard (board since 2013), Teton Raptor Center (board since 2018), Period Project (co-chair) and with her husband, David, have acquired properties they manage in the valley to house infrastructure workers at reasonable rents. As part of the 2018 Cohort, she became a dedicated member of Womentum. She is an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, a practicing yogi, devoted dog owner, traveler, tennis player and constant struggler working to overcome Southern snow abilities.
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Ponteir Sackrey has lived in Jackson since 1990 and has focused much of her time in the fields of development and marketing. She currently works for the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. Past organizations include Center for the Arts, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Four Seasons Resort, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. As a volunteer, she has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Hole Joint Powers Travel and Tourism Board, Teton County Dual Immersion Parent Advisory, and currently, Jackson Elite Volleyball. Ponteir is originally from New England and has an MBA from Simmons College. She is raising two teenage daughters and a nutty yellow lab. She likes yoga, hiking, biking, skiing, and paddleboarding. She is a Womentum Alumna and is honored and privileged to join the board. She looks forward to fostering its mission of supporting the women and girls of Wyoming.
Photo Credit: Karissa Tuthill Akin, Womentum Alumna
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Betsy Carlin, MS-ECS spent the first 25 years of her career as a public school teacher and an early childhood program administrator. Currently she splits her time as an on the floor teacher/facilitator in a toddler classroom and as an Early Childhood Consultant specializing in leadership development. This combination allows her to have fresh stories from her classroom to share as she works to promote and raise the status of the early childhood field. She is also a dedicated volunteer leader with experience on multiple boards of directors, including The Children’s Learning Center in Teton and Sublette Counties, Wyoming; the Girls Actively Partcipating, Wyoming Early Childhood Association,; and the National Association for the Education of Young Children Affiliate Council. Betsy is married to Becky Watson and they have one daughter Biz. Together they enjoy traveling and all the activities Wilson, Wyoming affords them.
Long time, Jackson Hole resident, “Sam” is passionate about inspiration and supporting people in fulfilling their potential. Former publisher of NewWU: Modern Wellbeing and Teton Spirit magazines and websites, she helped establish a network with the holistic wellness community in the area since 2012. She brings over 15 years of non-profit experience from Jackson Community Recycling, Jackson Hole Ski Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Snake River Institute, where she has served various positions including Development Director, Program Director, and event coordinator. She also served on the Joint Powers Waste and Recycling Board from 2002-2009. She is an avid reader and writer and has a Master in Communication from American University. Sam is also a mother of three uniquely amazing daughters making empowering women a personal cause to compliment her role as Executive Director.
Originally from Wisconsin, in 2012, Samantha Simma traded in the hills of Wisconsin for the mountains of Wyoming. After paying her dues in the Jackson Hole service industry, she participated in Womentum as a mentee in the 2019 cohort. This mentoring experience allowed her to transition to a full-time role as a freelance writer and social media strategist. She is a contributing writer for Jackson Hole Magazine, Dishing JH, A Grand Wedding and Range. Having helped promote and execute the 2019 Women in Leadership Summit, she is excited to now have a more on-going role with Womentum.
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Melissa Turley served on the Teton County Commission and Jackson Town Council for nearly a decade, winning three elections between 2006 and 2012. During that time, Melissa served as Chair of the County Commission, as well as Mayor Pro Tem of the Town Council. Melissa helped found and served on the boards of Girls Actively Participating, Womentum, and the Jackson Hole Perinatal Advocacy Project. She is also an alumna of Leadership Wyoming and Leadership Jackson Hole. A native of Colorado, Melissa graduated from the University of Montana. She is currently the Executive Director of the Teton Village Association and an instructor at Revolution Indoor Cycling. Melissa lives in Jackson with her husband and young son, and her favorite place to be is on a mountain bike.
Jen moved north from the mountains of Colorado to the mountains of Wyoming only expecting to stay for a summer but settled here in 1997 because of the incredible community. During her 20-year career in non-profit management and consulting, she has worked with partners to build innovative solutions in the arts, education, and health care. Jen is currently Vice President of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation where she works to engage community members and catalyze philanthropy in support of community health and wellness. She received the American Hospital Association’s 2015 Grassroots Champion Award for her work broadening the base of support for community hospitals.
Jen’s passion for women’s issues and social justice led her to co-found Womentum and Woman to Woman (TN); she was appointed by Gov. Mead to serve on the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues for Judicial District 9 representing Teton, Sublette, and Fremont Counties. Jen is vice chair of the board of Teton Youth and Family Services; an advisor to CSA Jackson Hole; a 2003 graduate of Leadership Jackson Hole and a 2005 graduate of Leadership Wyoming. She holds a Master’s of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a BA from Colorado College.
Jen is a voracious reader, published writer, avid cook, and has lived throughout the United States, Italy, and Ecuador.
Womentoring Alumnae Ambassadors (WAA's)
WAA's serve as facilitators at Womentoring Alumnae small group dinners, and provide input on Alumnae Programming. The 2020 WAA's are made up of the following amazing women: